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The Academic Internship Program (COMM399) requirement moves students’ curriculum knowledge into professional environments – guided by professional mentoring and academic advising – better preparing students for post-graduation transitions. While only 4 COMM399 credits count toward the major, eligible students are encouraged to do multiple internships for the purpose of sampling different career areas. This enables students to determine their best fit in a professional environment.

Internship Program Application Requirements*:

  • Attend an Internship Workshop (offered once each semester)
  • Declare Communication Major
  • Junior or Senior Status
  • 2.7 Major GPA
  • Complete: 4 Core COMM Courses OR 3 Core and 2 Elective COMM Courses
  • Majors, join the Communication Department LinkedIn Group to stay updated on opportunities, to network, and to start your professional profile!

*Apply for the program BEFORE searching for an internship. Read the Student Internship Handbook for details.

Enrollment Process

  1. Complete the online internship program application. Be sure to email your responses to yourself and keep the link to check the status of your application.
  2. Email the Internship Director a PDF of your detailed degree evaluation.
  3. Obtain a Communication Department faculty recommendation. Provide recommender with the link to the online form.
  4. Once approved for the program by the Internship Director, complete a Permission to Register for an Academic Internship form.
  5. Secure an internship:
  6. Once an internship is secured AND approved by the Career Development Center, request an Internship Agreement form.
    • The Internship Director will email an electronic agreement for you and your site supervisor to complete (12 hours per week = 4 credit hours. Summer internships need 168 hours total).
  7. Complete the Academic Internship Registration form.

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